Beef Cattle - Grass and Feeding

The Grass Week: careful balancing act with grass supplies
Martin Merrick
With some farmers managing well for grass and others are having to supplement, it’s a careful balancing act to try to manage grass at the minute.
19 June 2024 Grass & feeding
Grass+ Beef: slow recovery on grazed swards putting farms under pressure
Lacklustre growth over the past few weeks will see highly stocked beef farms under pressure in the coming few days unless growth drastically improves.
16 June 2024 Nitrates
What you need to know about grassland pesticide use
The use of pesticides is now governed by conditionality, meaning that if breaches occur it may pose a risk to CAP payments, writes Darren Carty.
The Grass Week: drastic dip in growth but a recovery expected
While growth has taken a tumble over the last two weeks or so, warmer and milder conditions should hopefully swing things back in favour of farmers.
15 June 2024 Grass & feeding
Grass+ beef: slow regrowth causing a rejig in grazing policy
Amid the slow down in growth rates, less-than-ideal covers may have to be grazed by stock instead of mowing them out.
12 June 2024 Grass & feeding
Five tips for reseeding grassland
Reseeding unproductive swards offers a good return on investment. Outlined are five tips for reseeding.
8 June 2024 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: dip in growth and quality
A mixture of a dip in growth and farmers trying to correct grass is leaving farms at risk of running tight on grass.
8 June 2024 Grass & feeding
Grass+ Beef: growth slows as quality becomes an issue
Growth has dipped in the last few days, while grass has started to stem out resulting in it being difficult to maintain quality through correction.
5 June 2024 Grass & feeding
Grass+ Beef: being mindful or replacing off takes of P and K
We are hopeful that the weekend will bring with it its annual June bank holiday settled period that sees contractor and farmers scramble to get grass cut and harvested
29 May 2024 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: keeping quality in grazing ground and fertilising second cuts
We are approaching the time of the year for grasses to head out, so it is also when grass quality can go downhill in grazing and silage swards.
25 May 2024 Grass & feeding
Grass+ beef: growth goes up a gear with heavy pre-grazing covers
Growth has really taken off in the last week, with the result being that pre-grazing yields have creeped up past target.
22 May 2024 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: heat starting to drive growth but rain not helping matters
While growth is on the up, a lot of farms are still struggling with conditions underfoot after some torrential showers.
18 May 2024 Grass & feeding